LePage’s energy plan for Maine: Offshore oil drilling and Nuclear power plants

September 10th, 2010 · Filed under: Energy Issues · 3 Comments

In a debate on May 27 with Maine Public Broadcasting Mayor Paul LePage supported off shore drilling along Maine’s pristine coastline. At that time, the BP disaster had been gushing oil for 37 days, causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats and decimating the region’s fishing and tourism industries.

LePage also wants to site a Nuclear Power plant in Brunswick and Loring. “In 20 years I would like to see a nuclear power plant in Loring, and one in Brunswick,” he stated in an interview on the “Aroostook Watchmen” http://recordings.talkshoe.com/rss52956.xml). In the same in talk show LePage’s called to close the Department of Energy and the Department of Environmental Protection saying global warming is a hoax.

With so much clean energy available through technologies developed in Maine, using the state’s sustainable natural resources of wind, waves and wood reverting to nuclear would ruin Maine’s progress in the Green energy economy. According to Habib Dagher of UMaine the state has the equivalent of 149 nuclear power plants of energy in offshore wind, alone. And the plan, which is underway to build the floating wind turbines, will employ thousands of Mainers.

Maine has always been a leader in environmental legislation at the state and federal levels. Sen. Ed Muskie’s Clean Water and Air Act continue to set a standard.

LePage wants to roll back progress in environmental protection. In a Sea Coast online interview he said that on, “day two” of his administration; he would tackle the Department of Environmental Protection regulations that “serve no purpose except to cost businesses money.”

“Oil riches in Maine are a classic ‘pipe dream,’ we need to question the judgment of a candidate who promises us such fools gold,” said Representative Jon Hinck Chair of the House Energy committee and a former project director at the National Resources Council of Maine. “Paul LePage wants to gut environmental protection; perhaps he wants the Gulf of Maine to be more like today’s Gulf of Mexico? Perhaps there should be more mercury and PCBs in trout and bass we catch in Maine? Or maybe we should stop collecting and recycling electronic waste and return to burying toxic products in the town dump?”

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  • 1 Maine: Guv candidate Paul LePage hates Obama, reporters, and the planet « Political News Online // Oct 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    [...] abundant supplies of wind, wood, and waves to create a sustainable energy future for his state, LePage would prefer offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Maine (at the risk of destroying Maine’s proud multibillion-dollar tourism and [...]

  • 2 Dustin Stevens // Nov 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Nuclear power produces extremely harmful toxic waste. This waste is said to be dangerous for the next 10,000 years, possibly far longer. How can we plan ahead for the next 10,000 years?
    Justice means that we bear responsibilities for the consequences of our own actions.

    Will sufficient funds be reserved for future storage costs; or will the diffusion of responsibility leave those in the far future with part of this task?

    We’re in an economic crisis as it is, and we can’t afford the safe-handling of this waste.
    Is it fair to drop it on our successors and future children simply because they aren’t born yet?

    Nuclear power violates our obligation to a countless number of successors as it poses a great possibility of disaster with fatal consequences, and an unequal distribution of benefits and costs between generations.
    Whatever happened to such a critical Lockean Provison?

  • 3 elaine // Oct 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    i was thinking of moving to maine, maybe not now!

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